MINING CAMPS by Charles Howard Shinn


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Reissue of a work which appeared in 1885, in which Shinn, a student of political science, examined the importance of miners' law everywhere, with special emphasis on California. Human, rather than legalistic in approach, this reflects much of the vigor of the early mining days in investigation of their laws. From ancient and medieval systems, to England's Cornwall, colonial America, Mexico, this traces the background of mining law to the west, where- after the gold rush- the miners adapted Mexican and New England methods to create their own body of law. Forms of local organization and government; the early, Arcadian, crimeless days; the office of the justice of the peace; the treatment -- often unjust- of foreigners (Mexicans, Chinese); the famous disputes; the sporadic outbreaks of mob law; claims; local land laws, etc., etc....In spite of its handling, which is lively, often anecdotal, this remains a specialized subject.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 1947
ISBN: 1116129647
Publisher: Knopf